Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating its iconic California camper van breaking a significant production milestone – 50,000 units from the assembly plant in Hanover Limmer.

“The Volkswagen T5 California is the most popular and best-selling camper van in its class. We have completed production of 50,000 T5 Californias since 2004. This year, with a figure of over 8,100 units, we will achieve the highest level of annual production yet,” said Dr Eckhard Scholz, chairman of the board of management for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.


The California is offered in two variants: the entry-level Beach and the range-topping SE (Comfortline outside the UK). To date, 13,000 California Beaches and 37,000 California SEs have been produced. VW says that it’s the only vehicle manufacturer to produce its own camper van, which is compact and convenient enough to be used as an everyday vehicle.

The California’s popularity has grown with every new generation. Production figures for the T3 version totalled 22,000, rising to 39,000 for the T4. Manufacturing for the current T5 continues on a two-shift basis to meet high demand.

Mercedes recently unveiled a classier camper van called the Marco Polo. See the W447 V-Class-based apartment on wheels here.